an exclamation of surprise
If you do something on someone's say-so, they tell you to do it or they give you permission to do it.
to think likely ; suppose
to surrender or admit defeat
to state when an action is to be stopped or begun, as when someone is pouring a drink
If someone tells you to say ' cheese ' when they are taking your photograph, they are indicating that they want you to smile .
to be a mourner
I dare say:
(it is) quite possible (that)
not to say:
You can use not to say when adding a stronger or more extreme description than the one you have just used.
sad to say:
You can use the expression sad to say when you are describing an situation which you find unfortunate .
say it all:
If you say that something says it all, you mean that it shows you very clearly the truth about a situation or someone's feelings .
say amen to:
to express strong approval of or support for (an assertion, hope, etc)
say the word:
If someone says the word, they give their approval as a sign that something should start to happen .
have one's say:
When one of the people or groups involved in a discussion has their say, they give their opinion .
never say die:
never give up
say your piece:
to give your opinion about a particular matter, although you are aware that other people may not agree with you, or be interested in what you have to say
strange to say:
it is unusual or surprising that
you don't say:
You can use ' You don't say ' to express surprise at what someone has told you. People often use this expression to indicate that in fact they are not surprised.
dare I say it:
You use ' dare I say it ' when you know that what you are going to say will disappoint or annoy someone.
I'm sorry to say:
You use the expression I'm sorry to say to express regret together with disappointment or disapproval .
it's fair to say:
You use fair in expressions such as It would be fair to say in order to introduce a statement which you believe to be true and reasonable .
a method of teaching beginners to read by memorizing and recognizing whole words, rather than by associating letters with sounds
needless to say:
You use needless to say when you want to emphasize that what you are about to say is obvious and to be expected in the circumstances .
say a few words:
to give a brief speech
If you say goodnight to someone or kiss them goodnight, you say something such as 'Goodnight' to them or kiss them before one of you goes home or goes to sleep .
say one's beads:
to pray with a rosary
say one's piece:
If you say your piece, you say everything you want to say about a particular matter without being interrupted, although people may be wanting to express opposing views .
say someone nay:
to refuse or forbid
say the unsayable:
to express an opinion thought to be too controversial to mention
that is to say:
You use that is to say or that's to say to indicate that you are about to express the same idea more clearly or precisely .
to say the least:
You can use to say the least to suggest that a situation is actually much more extreme or serious than you say it is.
as who should say:
as if one should say
I wouldn't say no:
You use ' I wouldn't say no ' to indicate that you would like something, especially something that has just been offered to you.
suffice it to say:
Suffice it to say or suffice to say is used at the beginning of a statement to indicate that what you are saying is obvious, or that you will only give a short explanation .
to say nothing of:
You use to say nothing of when you mention an additional thing which gives even more strength to the point you are making.
I am bound to say:
You can say ' I am bound to say ' to introduce a statement expressing something that you find undesirable or unexpected .
shall I say shall we say:
You use shall I say and shall we say in order to warn someone that what you are about to say may cause offence or be surprising .
I daresay/I dare say:
You can use ' I daresay ' or ' I dare say ' before or after a statement to indicate that you believe it is probably true .
I dare say/I daresay:
You can use ' I dare say ' or ' I daresay ' before or after a statement to indicate that you believe it is probably true .
say goodbye/wave goodbye:
When you say goodbye to someone, you say something such as 'Goodbye', ' Bye ', or ' See you', when you or they are leaving . You can also wave goodbye to someone.
suffice it to say that:
let us say no more than that; I shall just say that
you can say that again:
You can use ' You can say that again ' to express strong agreement with what someone has just said .
that is/that is to say:
You use that is or that is to say to indicate that you are about to express the same idea more clearly or precisely .
a bad word to say about sb:
If nobody has a bad word to say about you, you are liked or admired by everyone.
say something to someone's face:
to say something openly in someone's presence, especially something critical or unpleasant
say what you like about sth:
You use ' Say what you like about someone or something' when you are about to mention one good thing about a person or thing that many people do not like.
would not say boo to a goose:
is extremely timid or diffident
before you could say Jack Robinson:
said to mean that something happened very suddenly and quickly
not have much to say for oneself:
If you say that someone doesn't have much to say for himself or herself, you mean that they are not speaking very much during a conversation .